By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray defeats Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4
- Claims his fourth Queens club title
- Plays Wimbledon next
Andy Murray put in a stunning display of tennis to topple Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 and claim his fourth Queens Club title on Sunday.
Backed by the home crowd, the British number one stepped on court just over two hours since he beat Viktor Troicki in a rain delayed semi-final.
This time, it was big serving Kevin Anderson who stood across the net and in the way of Murray capturing his fourth title at Queens Club.
Un-nerved, the top seed broke early in the opening set to establish a quick advantage. Anderson bombed a 141mph serve which was returned by Murray, but the South African failed to put away the smash.
Anderson could not touch the Murray serve, as the Brit was playing some excellent shots to keep his opponent a bay. His play got its reward when Murray served out the set 6-3.
Set two was more of the same, with Murray using his variety and defensive skills to win some excellent points, but Anderson’s big serve kept him from going away.
It was not enough as Murray broke at 2-2 in the second set, earning himself a clear advantage over his opponent.
Untouchable on serve, Murray kept holding all the way despite Anderson’s best attempts. On the first match point, the top seed sealed the victory and the title with another big serve.
It was a milestone victory for Murray who now joins the likes of John Mcenroe, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick on a record four Queens club titles.
It only took the Brit an hour and five minutes to dispatch his opponent, and boy did he do it in style. He became only the second man to break Anderson in the tournament when he broke the South African’s serve in the first set, and then he went on to do it again in the second.
The Brit’s variety of shots and defence was too much for Anderson, who despite his best effort, never had a chance of winning the match.
It was the perfect way to prepare for Wimbledon in 25 days’ time. Murray will be looking to repeat his 2013 success, where he won Queens and went on to capture his first Wimbledon crowd.
“I played better as the week went on and hopefully I can continue that into Wimbledon,” the 28-year-old said post match (Source: BBC SPORT).
“I tried to play each point and come up with some great shots. I had to play that way if I wanted to win today.”
With the level of tennis shown this week, the world number three has established what many already thought; He is one of the favourites to lift the Wimbledon trophy in three weeks’ time.
SW19 is next for the British number one, but for the other Brit’s there is one more stop before the third grand slam of the year.
The ATP world tour heads to Nottingham where James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Alijaz Bedene finalize their Wimbledon preparations.
You can follow the Brits in Nottingham here throughout the next week